Pierre Gasly: The conditions were quite unusual


Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda pair Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat struggled with the Frenchman starting 13th on the grid in Istanbul and the Russian back in 17th.

PIERRE GASLY – 15th (starts 13th after Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jnr grid penalties)

“It was a very disappointing day for us. The conditions were quite unusual. We’re usually pretty fast in the wet but today we couldn’t get the tyres to work. I was just sliding everywhere and wasn’t able to switch them on. There are a lot of things to review and understand for the race if we have similar conditions like we had today. We’ll have to work hard tomorrow to do better and recover positions to try and score some points.”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 14: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda in the Pitlane during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 14, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool //


“It wasn’t a good day for us today and I’m disappointed with myself. I made a mistake on my last lap and spun in the wrong moment, which ruined my Qualifying. It was always difficult to stay on track, I kept pushing anyway and the rear couldn’t handle it.

Getting the tyres to work hasn’t been our strength today, but on the other hand, it’s not normal to drive in conditions like these, they’re very extreme and unusual, and the grip feels insanely low. However, it’s the same for everyone and I didn’t drive as well as I wanted to. I don’t know what to expect tomorrow, the conditions are tricky in both the wet and the dry, so anything can happen in the race. We’ll keep pushing.”

JONATHAN EDDOLLS – Chief Race Engineer

“The track conditions yesterday in the dry were tricky, and they were not easier today in the rain for both FP3 and Qualifying where the track was like an ice rink. The drivers were finding it extremely challenging just to keep the car on the track, let alone set competitive lap times. We struggled with tyre temperatures in FP3, so we didn’t set a good lap in that session.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 14: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 14, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool //

We made some changes to the car to try and address that going into Qualifying and we made a step, but clearly, others were able to manage the tyre temperatures in Qualifying better than we were able to today. It’s a disappointing result and not a true representation of the performance of our car, as the session was dominated by the tyres and getting them in the right working range. There’s a lot for us to look at and learn for the future, and maybe even tomorrow if it’s wet. Hopefully, it will be dry in the race so we can put today behind us and have a strong result.”

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